[Marxism] Spanish King tells Chavez to shut up after he denounces Aznar; Zapatero echoes criticism

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Nov 11 07:32:16 MST 2007

Spain's king tells Venezuela's Chavez to "shut up" 
        By Manuel Farias and Pav JordanSat Nov 10, 3:59 PM ET 

  Spain's King Juan Carlos told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday
to "shut up" during closing speeches by leaders from the Latin world that
brought the Ibero-American summit to an acrimonious end.
  "Why don't you shut up?" the king shouted at Chavez, pointing a finger at
the president when he tried to interrupt a speech by Spanish Prime Minister
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
  Zapatero was in the middle of a speech at the summit of mostly leftist
leaders from Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Andorra, and was criticizing
Chavez for calling former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar a fascist.
  Chavez, a leading leftist foe of Washington, also attacked Spanish
businessman Gerardo Diaz Ferran earlier in the week after he questioned the
safety of foreign investments in Venezuela.
  "I want to express to you President Hugo Chavez that in a forum where
there are democratic governments ... one of the essential principles is
respect," Zapatero told the leaders gathered in the Chilean capital,
  "You can disagree radically, without being disrespectful," Zapatero, a
socialist, said sternly, drawing applause from some of the other heads of
  Chavez, a former soldier, made his mark on the three-day summit from the
start, announcing his arrival earlier in the week with defiant lyrics from a
Mexican ballad.
  "With the truth in hand, I do not offend, I do not fear," Chavez said on
Saturday. "The government of Venezuela reserves the right to respond to any
  The 19 leaders at the summit were nearly all leftists and the gathering
was mostly friendly, although tension flared between neighbors Argentina and
Uruguay over a controversial pulp mill along a border river.
  Uruguay granted a long-awaited start-up permit to a Finnish group for the
pulp mill on Thursday, drawing swift criticism from Argentina and deepening
a long-running dispute.
  The official theme of the summit was social cohesion, but many of the
region's top leaders took advantage of the event to hold bilateral meetings
on energy.
  Latin American economies have expanded rapidly in recent years, putting
pressure on energy supplies due to rising consumer demand and factory output
in countries such as Chile and Argentina.
  While most heads of state were due to leave Chile on Saturday, Chavez
joined some of South America's most left-leaning leaders at a rally of about
3,000 people gathered for a "People's Summit" in a Santiago stadium.
  Chavez interrupted his speech at the rally to call Cuba's Fidel Castro,
who he considers his mentor. Chavez paraphrased a message from Castro
congratulating Chileans who fought against former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
  "Well Fidel, what a shame that we don't have speakerphone on this mobile,
the people wanted to hear you," said Chavez, dressed in a red T-shirt.
  Joining Chavez at the rally were Bolivia's Evo Morales, Cuban Vice
President Carlos Lage and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega. In his closing remarks
from the leaders summit, Morales accused other countries of perceiving him
as a lackey of the Venezuelan president.
  "They treat us like animals because of the unconditional cooperation from
comrade Hugo Chavez ... him as the big one and me as the little one,"
Morales told summit leaders.      (Additional reporting by Magdalena Morales
and Ines Guzman; editing by Xavier Briand and Todd Eastham)

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